Why use calibration software?

Posted by Chuck Boyd on Jul 24, 2019 5:33:19 PM

The shortest answer is to automate documentation to save time, lower risks, and quickly analyze data to make better decisions.

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Most process plants have some sort of system in place for managing instrument calibration operations and data. However, just like airport security, the systems and processes can be very different even within the same company across different plants. Methods often differ greatly in terms of cost, quality, efficiency, and accuracy of data and the level of automation.

If you are manually writing results on paper or even manually entering data electronically, you’re spending about half your time on paperwork.  Using a documenting calibrator to automatically transfer test data to calibration software designed for the task can decrease the amount of time spent on calibration in many cases by up to 75%.

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Topics: Calibration software

Calibration uncertainty and why technicians need to understand it [Webinar]

Posted by Katie Turner on Jun 27, 2019 12:44:07 PM

Calibration uncertainty and why technicians need to understand it - Beamex webinar

In this blog post, I want to share a webinar titled "Calibration uncertainty and why technicians need to understand it." This webinar was a collaboration with Beamex and ISA (International Society of Automation) subject matter experts.

It describes a practical approach to calibration uncertainty and  also provides real-life applications.

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Topics: calibration uncertainty

How a business analyst connected calibration and asset management [Case Story]

Posted by Katie Turner on May 14, 2019 2:31:34 PM

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How one of America’s largest public power utilities integrated its asset management software with calibration software to reduce risk and increase efficiency

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Optimal Calibration Parameters for Process Instrumentation

Posted by Ned Espy on Apr 24, 2019 3:36:09 PM

Optimal Calibration Parameters for Process Instrumentation

Many calibration technicians follow long-established procedures at their facility that have not evolved with instrumentation technology. Years ago, maintaining a performance specification of ±1% of span was difficult, but today’s instrumentation can easily exceed that level on an annual basis. In some instances, technicians are using old test equipment that does not meet new technology specifications. This article focuses on establishing base line performance testing where analysis of calibration parameters (mainly tolerances, intervals and test point schemes) can be analyzed and adjusted to meet optimal performance. Risk considerations will also be discussed – regulatory, safety, quality, efficiency, downtime and other critical parameters. A good understanding of these variables will help in making the best decisions on how to calibrate plant process instrumentation and how to improve outdated practices.

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Topics: Calibration process, calibration period, Calibration management

Weighing Scale Calibration Video

Posted by Heikki Laurila on Feb 22, 2019 11:59:26 AM

Scale calibration video -How to calibrate weighing scales - Beamex blog post 

In this post we share an educational video on how to calibrate weighing scales.

The video goes through the various tests that should be performed during a scale calibration / scale recalibration.

These tests include:

  • Eccentricity test
  • Repeatability test
  • Weighing test
  • Minimum weight test

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Topics: weighing scale

Calibration in Times of Digitalization - a new era of production

Posted by Antonio Matamala on Jan 11, 2019 10:21:21 AM

Calibration in Times of Digitalization - a new era of production. Beamex blog post.

This is the first blog post in the Beamex blog series "Calibration in Times of Digitalization" we will take a look into the future to give you an understanding of hot topics such as Industry 4.0 and Smart Factory, which are on everyone's minds.

You have probably heard of terms such as Digitilization, Industry 4.0 and Smart Factory. But what do these really mean? Many users of these new technologies don’t yet fully grasp them. This is completely understandable and that's why we will gradually bring you closer to these topics in this Beamex blog series and help you enter the future well informed.

Whether on television, in newspapers or on social media, hardly a day goes by without futuristic topics such as digitalization, big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning. But futuristic? Hasn't the future already arrived?

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Topics: Calibration, Digitalization, Industry 4.0

Do more with less and generate ROI with an Integrated Calibration Solution

Posted by Heikki Laurila on Nov 19, 2018 1:12:26 PM

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Process instrument calibration is just one of the many maintenance related activities in a process plant. The last thing you want to do is to have your limited resources wasting time performing unnecessary calibrations or using time-consuming, ineffective calibration procedures.

Yet, you need to make sure that all critical calibrations are completed, ensuring the site stays running efficiently with minimal downtime, product quality is maintained, while the plant remains regulatory and safety compliant, and audit-ready.   

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Topics: Calibration process, Calibration management

How to calibrate temperature instruments [Webinar]

Posted by Heikki Laurila on Oct 18, 2018 12:07:38 PM

How to calibrate temperature instruments - Beamex blog post 

In this blog post, I will share with you a two-part webinar series titled “How to calibrate temperature instruments”. We did this webinar together with our partner ISA (International Society of Automation).

The webinars covers some theory, many practical things, demonstrations of temperature instrument calibration and Questions & Answers sections.

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Topics: Temperature calibration

Uncertainty components of a temperature calibration using a dry block

Posted by Heikki Laurila on Aug 23, 2018 2:35:07 PM

Temperature dry block uncertainty components - Beamex blog post

 

In some earlier blog posts, I have discussed temperature calibration and calibration uncertainty. This time I will be covering the different uncertainty components that you should take into account when you make a temperature calibration using a temperature dry block. 

Making a temperature calibration using a dry block seems like a pretty simple and straight forward thing to do, however there are many possible sources for uncertainty and error that should be considered. Often the biggest uncertainties may come from the procedure on how the calibration is done, not necessarily from the specifications of the components.

Let’s turn the heat on!

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Topics: Temperature calibration, calibration uncertainty

AMS2750E Heat Treatment Standard and Calibration

Posted by Heikki Laurila on Jun 20, 2018 1:27:59 PM

AMS2750 Heat treatment furnace - Beamex blog post

In this blog post, I will take a short look at the AMS2750E standard, with a special focus on the requirements set for calibration, calibration accuracy and test/calibration equipment.

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Topics: AMS2750, heat treatment